Today I’m cranking on the way-back machine as we all take a look at that old Tag variation Duck, Duck, Goose.

I was reminded of this game over the weekend as my son dragged me around the zoo at high speed.  It’s been a while since I’ve been a young child, so I’d forgotten that one of the things kids love to do is run around like crazy people.  Indeed, many of the games I played as a young child were centered around the concept of running.  Duck, Duck, Goose is no exception.

Basically the game is just a variation of Tag, but noteworthy enough that most people have probably played it at least once.  First you have a circle of kids sitting on the ground and one who is the picker or fox (the “it” person) who moves around the outside of the circle.  One by one they touch each person on the shoulder and proclaim them a “duck” until eventually the picker calls out “goose” for one.  At this point the game of tag begins.  The object is for the goose to catch the picker and the picker to try to steal the goose’s place in the circle.  If the goose catches the picker, the goose can rejoin the circle and the picker has to start their round again.  If the picker manages to sit in the goose’s spot, then the goose becomes the new picker.

And that’s really it.  Duck, duck, goose, like Tag, is really just an excuse to run around like a crazy person, which is really all the reason you need to play.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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